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[Cookie Elf File] Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies: Fun for Kids and You, Too
July 05, 2016
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Feature: Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies: aka Peanut Blossoms

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We have Mrs. Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio, to thank for Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies, the beloved recipe this is also sometimes known as Peanut Blossoms or Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.

Freda developed the recipe as a treat for her grandchildren and entered it in the ninth Pillsbury Bake-Off contest in 1957, but the recipe failed to clinch the grand prize. Though a “mere” runner up, the cookies have since appeared on nearly every kitchen table in America – thanks in large part to the Hershey Company, which printed the recipe on its bags of Hershey’s Kisses.

Freda got her credit due, though posthumously, when the recipe was inducted into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Hall of Fame in 1999 in honor of the contest’s fiftieth anniversary.

One fun bit of cookie trivia: during the recipe’s induction, Freda’s daughter, Jo Anne Smith Lytle, told reporters that her mother had originally named the cookies Black-eyed Susans., Pillsbury renamed them.

Prep time: about 10-15 minutes
Bake time: 8-10 minutes
Makes about 3 dozen

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